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hewey
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Joined: Sep 14, 2004
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From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2006-07-29 4:29 pm   Permalink

The teeth have come out a lot better on that brown guy!

I love how this looks, just like this! Maybe a light bamboo colour with dark brwon crevices?


Great mugs, love seeing how you are experimenting with them!
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Sam Gambino
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Joined: Dec 02, 2003
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From: www.samgambino.com
Posted: 2006-07-29 8:18 pm   Permalink

Great stuff, Vantiki. I like the character they have with all of the deep cuts.

 
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VanTiki
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Joined: Nov 25, 2005
Posts: 1022
From: Hawaii
Posted: 2006-07-30 7:27 pm   Permalink

Mahalo Sam! Thank you so much for the compliment, it means a lot from an artist of your caliber!

Ok folks - As you may have seen on the Marketplace forums, I made a musical tiki mug! I call him "Tooty Tikki Tavi" and am really happy with the way it turned out. I can't wait to try some other designs I have floating around my head. The mug has an ocarina built into its base, and it can play three different notes. Here are some shots of the sculpture "on the slab" in my studio (you can see the mouthpiece on the bottom of the mug in the last photo):



anyway, this marks my first foray into the murky waters of eBay. Very intimidating filling out all those forms!

Mahalo,
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Paipo
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Joined: Jun 22, 2006
Posts: 1886
From: Aotearoa / NZ
Posted: 2006-07-31 01:35 am   Permalink

This piece is awesome, you're definitely doing the most innovative mugs I've seen. Have you got an animation background? Your style is really cartoony (in a good way!)

 
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VanTiki
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Joined: Nov 25, 2005
Posts: 1022
From: Hawaii
Posted: 2006-07-31 11:03 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-07-31 01:35, Paipo wrote:
Have you got an animation background? Your style is really cartoony (in a good way!)



Funny you should ask - my "day job" is animation and illustration (
www.bigdproductions.tv ), I guess it does kind of leak into my tiki designs...

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ToonToonz
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Joined: Mar 15, 2004
Posts: 139
Posted: 2006-07-31 1:01 pm   Permalink

Great mugs! I really like the wild, imaginative designs. And I like the distinct, sharp lines and edges on them.
Was wondering - the clay walls look thick - how much does one weigh?


 
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VanTiki
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Joined: Nov 25, 2005
Posts: 1022
From: Hawaii
Posted: 2006-07-31 2:02 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-07-31 13:01, ToonToonz wrote:
Great mugs! I really like the wild, imaginative designs. And I like the distinct, sharp lines and edges on them.
Was wondering - the clay walls look thick - how much does one weigh?



Mahalo for the compliments!
Yep - they are a tad hefty, but I feel that adds to their charm!

It just so happens that I have my scale out in the studio - lemmie go weigh one....

(weighing..)

OK - The Pongo Logs tip the scales at 2lb 6oz each (or 1084 g), and the smaller Trepanning Accident skulls are 1lb 8oz (677g). The weight will, of course, vary from mug to mug.

Aloha!
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TravelingJones
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Joined: Mar 11, 2006
Posts: 897
From: Eastern Shores of Western Civilization
Posted: 2006-07-31 5:50 pm   Permalink

Nice work on 'TooTy'! Right on target with that one VanTiki!! Luv'n it brah!


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VanTiki
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Joined: Nov 25, 2005
Posts: 1022
From: Hawaii
Posted: 2006-08-22 11:18 am   Permalink

Aloha everyone!

Tested some new porcelain this week for sculpting teeth with, and I really like this new stuff. While the porcelain I have been using in the past fired to a nice white, it was never translucent enough for my taste. The ceramics store I shop at recommended this "Frost" porcelain, and I made a few test teeth.



the three teeth on the left are the old porcelain, and the 7 on the right are the frost porcelain. You can see that the frost is a brighter white, and when the sun is behind it (as in the bottom photo) the frost is translucent. Whoo! This is what I will be using for all tiki and skull teeth from here on out.

If anyone else wants to run out and get this frost porcelain - be warned that is is a bit tricky to work. It has a high glass content (hence it's translucency) and not much else. Feels like a dry putty or grout - and tends to crack while you shape it. It is worth the extra effort, though!

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kingstiedye
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Joined: Oct 05, 2005
Posts: 1300
From: sackatomato
Posted: 2006-08-22 1:01 pm   Permalink

the new teeth look great, vt. put me down for a brown pongo with the new teeth. mahalo

 
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Matt Reese
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Joined: May 09, 2005
Posts: 1150
From: San Diego
Posted: 2006-08-22 1:25 pm   Permalink

I gotta say this stuff is amazing! Such cool, defined pieces. Love it.

 
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aikiman44
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Joined: Nov 08, 2004
Posts: 281
From: NY
Posted: 2006-08-23 09:03 am   Permalink

I'll take a full set of dentures.

 
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Tiki Duddy
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Joined: Jun 04, 2006
Posts: 759
From: Manitoba, Canada
Posted: 2006-08-23 09:37 am   Permalink

nice NICE work there man. really like the one guy with the supprised look.

good job
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Howland
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Joined: Jan 30, 2006
Posts: 749
From: Folly Beach, SC--'Follynesia'
Posted: 2006-08-23 10:16 am   Permalink

Holy Trepanation! These are bad-ass! I love the trep/skull. I also agree w/most everyone else here---some of the most imaginative/innovative mugs I've seen anywhere. Check back soon.
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VanTiki
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Joined: Nov 25, 2005
Posts: 1022
From: Hawaii
Posted: 2006-08-23 11:03 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-08-22 13:01, kingstiedye wrote:
the new teeth look great, vt. put me down for a brown pongo with the new teeth. mahalo



You got it! I am booked solid with the "day job" for a few weeks, but after that I'll dive back into the studio and put together a Pongo for you!

Mahalo for the comments, everyone!

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